Dave Maurer, Director
Cambridge-Isanti Community Eduction
The Richard G. Hardy Center was built in 1999 by the Cambridge-Isanti School District as a part of a voter approved levy by our community. It is a part of the Cambridge-Isanti High School and is a ‘hidden gem” in our community. It is a beautiful theater that everyone should visit at least once.
Since it was built, it has hosted literally hundreds of performances with thousands of people attending. School plays, concerts, and speech contests are among the events held. Concerts featuring performers such as Go Fish, Leo Kotke, Lady Smith Black Mambazo, and the Children’s Theater Company and Stages Theater have graced our stage. Along with these District sponsored events, the Hardy Center has also been rented by outside groups and performers.
Here is a little known fact. Starting in 2008 the School Board approved adding a $1 charge to each ticket sold at the Hardy Center. This $1 goes into an equipment account that is used to buy and replace equipment. In the past few years it has helped pay for new risers for our choir, and has paid for a new video recording system, new amplifiers, a rotating spotlight and replacing the pit cover.
This is important because all this was paid for by the $1 per ticket and not from the district’s yearly capital improvement budget. This means that money was able to go to schools and other projects.